About seven years ago I speculated on this weblog a use for blogging on projects. It was a naive post at the time. I didn't have real conviction about it. I never encouraged my clients to have a try. Well, times have changed, or maybe I have changed. Project collaboration and up-to-date communication is valued more than ever. The technology just got so simple that there's no work to do to create and maintain a project blog.
Send an email and the project update is made
Posterous is a blogging and social media platform that works from your email account. You can use it from your desktop or your mobile phone. Just send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and the rest is magic! The subject of your email becomes the title of the post. Anything you attach — photos, Powerpoint, recordings, documents — are handled by Posterous and presented elegantly on your blog. You can set up your blog so every member of your team can post. That would be very useful for keeping everyone up to date on progress, particularly when geographically dispersed. Just send an email and the project update is made!
These guys have thought of everything, or so it seems. They provide for private sites so you can post secure information only available to people who have established a username and password. RSS is also automatic along with a facility to update Twitter, Facebook, etc. You can also use your own url. You get 1Gb of storage that will expand as they grow their service.
Help your team collaborate.
Best part…Posterous isn't charging for the service.1 Posterous plans a premium service. I can't guess what a project team would need that isn't included in the no-pay version. So, try Posterous out. Just send an email to email@example.com. You'll be project blogging in no time. (Please share your experience.)